"It was a surprise for me," Yuri Carlton, dos Santos’ jiu-jitsu coach, told MMAFighting.com. "We couldn’t execute what we planned. We wanted to avoid the clinch close to the fence, we knew what Cain Velasquez was planning but he did it. He wore out Junior, took his energy and strength.
"We recognize the loss and congratulate Cain Velasquez," he continued. "'Cigano' will come back stronger and will work hard to fix his game. The whole team lost on Saturday, not only ‘Cigano’. The whole team is in pain right now."
Carlton said he has seen plenty of fighters lose entire fights, only to come from behind to notch victory in the final round. And that's the reason why he never considered throwing in the towel at UFC 166.
"To be honest, I never considered throwing in the towel," he said. "If something like that ever happens, Luiz Carlos Dorea (boxing coach) would be the one to decide. I was hoping for the knockout all the time. In the fifth round, 'Cigano’ went for that choke. Anything can happen. We see a guy lose the whole fight and then win in the last round. It happens all the time. We're not impressed by blood or anything like that, neither is ‘Cigano’. He always fights for the win, no matter what.
"He always tries that submission in the gym, and he submits a lot of sparring partners here with it," Carlton said about dos Santos’ submission attempt seconds before the end of the fight. "He went for it automatically. Cain Velasquez rolled to defend and ‘Cigano’ felt with his face on the ground and couldn’t fight anymore. But even if he didn’t hit his head on the ground he wouldn’t win anyway, it wouldn’t change the fight. He was already beat. We hoped he could land a good punch even if he was completely tired, but it didn’t happen."
In the main event of UFC 166, dos Santos took a vicious beating at the hands of Cain Velasquez.
Many fight fans, and even UFC President Dana White, thought the fight should have been stopped in the third round. White thinks dos Santos took seven minutes of unnecessary punishment.
Carlton admits dos Santos will need some time off following the brutal beating he took at UFC 166.
"’Cigano’ really loves to train, he does it all day, but I believe he should take some time off," Carlton said. "He works hard not only in training, he has to do a lot of media work for the UFC. It’s hard to get him out of the gym for a vacation, but I’ll try to force him to do it. He’s so young and people put so much pressure on him. He’s always anxious to fight, but he needs some time off."